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What you NEED to know about E-cigs: The FACTS and the FUSS!
So you’ve tried the ‘cold turkey thing’ and it just hasn’t worked. You’ve realised that you need some sort of help to quit. CONGRATULATIONS! You're on your way.
The next question is: ‘WHAT DO I CHOOSE TO HELP ME QUIT CIGARETTES?’
It can be a real dilemma and pretty bloody confusing right? You got your mate Joe who quit with patches, it worked for him, but he didn't smoke as much as me. And the lady at work used Champix to quit but she had a bunch of crazy side effects. Then there’s Phil, your drinking buddy who quit with the gum but somehow loading your body up with nicotine in a different way just doesn’t seem to make sense to you.
And then there’s all the hype about e-cigarettes. You ask yourself; 'could it really work for me or not?', 'are they safe?' Who the hell do I listen to? I got no idea, I’m confused. Whatever, time for a smoke.
I’m not one to mix my words and I’ve been known to call a spade a spade so let me give it to you straight right here. The answer to the first two questions above is:
‘YES’ and ‘YES’!!!
Firstly, if ANY aid has ‘worked’ and helped anyone at all quit, then the simple fact is, it can work for you. When it comes to quit smoking aids, the answer is simple. They will ‘work’ to the degree of COMMITMENT you have to becoming a non-smoker! PERIOD! NO aid will ever give you commitment. YOU have to have that FIRST. The more you have, the more that aid will seem like a 'silver bullet'.
I hear a lot of smokers say; ‘I’ve tried everything and nothing works’. And I ask; ‘why do you think that is?’ If they’re being honest, they tell me that they just didn’t really want to quit. Their heart just wasn’t into it or they were quitting for someone else or for the wrong reasons etc.
The fact that people CAN quit cold turkey AND DO SO every day is simple proof that it’s a PSYCHOLOGICAL BATTLE mostly, not a physical, biological addiction to nicotine. But this doesn’t mean that traditional NRT’s are worthless. I’m not saying that at all. What I am saying is that if you don’t have the right mindset – don’t bother even trying.
The second question above that I answered ‘YES’ to is the question of 'are they safe?’ Now, you might be asking yourself this because of all the media, fuss and kafuffle around e-cigarettes at the moment. I see the articles every day questioning whether they ‘really can work’, 'are they safe and effective?' And there isn’t enough ‘research’ on their ‘long term effects’ and BLAH BLAH BLAH.
I’ve already addressed the ‘can they work for me’ thing as mentioned above. Of course they could work. But now let’s just stop and think logically about WHY there might be all this media hype and fuss trying to discredit, discourage or even warn us against the use of e-cigarettes.
FACT: The Pharmaceutical industry is a US$300 BILLION dollar a year industry with HUGE political and media influence. NRT’s form a significant chunk of their profits. Since e-cigarettes are NOT regulated, this means that any small to medium sized company can produce and sell them to any convenience store. This is OBVIOUSLY going to reduce big pharma profits. Do you think they like this? Of course not! It’s for this very reason that they are attempting to persuade governments to treat them as ‘medical devices’ which means that e-cigarettes would have to undergo the very time consuming and EXPENSIVE process of medical trials; something only big pharma can afford. This would literally kill all smaller manufactures of the e-cigarette overnight knowing full well they don't have the financial resources to meet ‘medical marketing’ requirements.
Furthermore, there is another completely ridiculous fact to point out here. It makes me laugh when a ‘study’ trying to discourage the use of e-cigarettes (or any other kind of non-regulated therapy or natural treatment for that matter), highlights ANY tiny or even potential ‘negative effect’ of that treatment. If they find one, they will inevitable point to it saying THIS is why it should be regulated (or even banned). HOWEVER, let’s look at the side effects of Champix shall we. They include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Flatulence (farting like a trooper)
- Sleep disturbance (difficulty sleeping or abnormal dreams)
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
Now you tell me, does this sound like a ‘safe’ method of quitting cigarettes to you?
It seems to me that it’s not a question of ‘safety’ but simply a question of ‘whose selling it?’ If it’s a pharmaceutical, it’s labelled as a ‘side effect’. If it’s ANY ONE ELSE, it’s a reason to ban it or regulate it. Hm . . smell a rat here? I sure do!
So what’s my point?
My point is, don’t listen to all the crap you hear on TV or see in the papers because chances are they are in some way connected to and working for the continued profits of some HUGE corporation that WANTS you to buy more stuff you really DON’T NEED!
I’ve helped over 1200 people quit smoking with a COMPLETELY natural, drug-free, psychological therapy. Ever wonder why you never hear about programs like mine in the mainstream media? IT’S BAD FOR COMPANIES that rely on you continuing to buy their crap! That’s why.
Take it from me, your mind is more powerful than you know and with the right guidance and coaching it can easily and effortlessly help you quit smoking. Get in touch with me and I’ll show you how.
To your health,
Quit Smoking Expert
(+61) 1300 883 272